Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Email Plague Hits Visitor Attractions

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Email Plague Hits Visitor Attractions

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Byline: By Robert Brooks

A solitary email from tourism chiefs has besieged the computer systems of around 100 visitor attractions across the North ( with the same message being sent more than 3,000 times to some PCs.

Regional development agency One NorthEast dispatched the note at the end of last week, flagging up a forthcoming series of quarterly briefing sessions.

But a computer glitch has resulted in thousands of copies of the same memo being sent, turning the innocent email into something of an electronic plague.

Some key visitor venues were on the mailing list such as Lindisfarne Priory, the Baltic Arts Centre, Alnwick Castle and Garden, Sunderland's National Glass Centre, Vindolanda Roman Fort and Tynemouth Blue Reef Aquarium.

Barter Books in Alnwick were also among the recipients of the message ( headlined: "Don't forget!!!".

Stuart and Mary Manley, who transformed the former railway station at South Road, Alnwick, into what is one of Britain's largest second-hand book retailers, were stunned to find more than 3,000 copies in their inbox. …

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